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USD Law Graduate Hanson Appointed Judge in Second Circuit

Sandra Hoglund Hanson appointed judge in South Dakota. Sandra Hoglund Hanson, USD School of Law alumnus, was appointed as a judge in the Second Judicial Circuit Court.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Sandra Hoglund Hanson has been appointed a judge in the Second Judicial Circuit Court by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

“Sandra Hanson is a conscientious, respected attorney,” said Gov. Daugaard. “She will make an excellent judge, and I thank her for serving the public in this way.”

Hanson was born in Langford, South Dakota, and has been a partner at Davenport Evans, having practiced with the firm since 1993. She graduated from the USD School of Law with honors in 1992. She was also an editor of the South Dakota Law Review.

Hanson is taking over for Mark Salter, whom Daugaard appointed to the South Dakota Supreme Court this year. The circuit covers Lincoln and Minnehaha counties.

Hanson is a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys, the South Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and the Society for Human Resources Management. She is the chair of the Civil Service Board for the City of Sioux Falls, a member of the state leadership board for the American Cancer Society, and a past director of Volunteers of America of the Dakotas.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News